Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Tuesday that no one, including me, can insult doctors and others in the medical fraternity, especially after their contribution during the COVID-19 epidemic.
He said that his statements were directed towards the role of the World Health Organization (WHO) in times of crisis and said that his statements were being unnecessarily politicized by some.
“Some people are trying to do politics on this. I have not insulted anyone, and I cannot insult the doctors in particular. During this COVID phase, doctors, nurses, ward boys have contributed a lot. I had spoken about the WHO, many others too had said the same,” Raut told reporters here.
“The COVID pandemic would not have spread worldwide if WHO had done its job properly,” he said.
His explanation comes after the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Maharashtra wrote to Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Vankaih Naidu over the alleged “derogatory statements” issued against doctors and the WHO by the Rajya Sabha MP.
“Maharashtra MP Sanjay Raut passed some derogatory and loose comments, recently in an interview on a Marathi television news channel. He said, ‘Doctors don’t know anything.” ‘Compounders are better.’ ‘I always take medicine from a compounder, never from a doctor.’ ‘WHO is a useless organization, because of WHO the coronavirus pandemic came’,” the IMA said in its letter to the Vice President.
In connection with the comments, IMA Thane Branch had also written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray condemning Raut’s statement and had asked for his resignation.
(With Agency Inputs)